Introduction to Prelaw Advising at Empire State College

What is prelaw advising?

Prelaw advising involves fielding questions from students considering applying to law school and interested in entering the legal profession. The prelaw advisor attempts to address procedural questions, provide statistical data, serve as a sounding board for students' concerns (with regard to their potential decision to embark on a law-related career), and offer guidance and direction when a student seeks it.

Here at Empire State College, our students are distinctive in that they have their own set of concerns as individuals and as a group. As a group, Empire State College students tend to be slightly older than students from other undergraduate institutions. In general, this should be considered as a positive factor given the broad and diversified level of experience which they bring to the table in contrast to other applicants to law school. Individually Empire State College students emanate from various professions and backgrounds. The latter also provides the individual Empire State College student with advantages and opportunities that are most valuable in the law school application process.

Pre-Law Resources and Preparation for Law School

Association of the Bar of The City of New York (New York City Bar) Three Day LSAT awareness annual program held in early January

The Association of the Bar of The City of New York, commonly known as The New York City Bar, sponsors an annual low-cost, three-day LSAT awareness program every January.

Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) established in 1968

For nearly 50 years, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity has worked to make the law a more diverse profession by expanding opportunities for underrepresented persons to pursue a legal career.

CUNY School of Law - Pipeline to Justice Program

Pipeline to Justice prepares underrepresented students to enter CUNY School of Law and supports them throughout their law school career.

Fordham University School of Law - Pre-Law Institute

The Summer Pre-Law Institute at Fordham Law exposes undergraduates and graduate students to law school and the law school admissions process.

LatinoJustice/PRLDEF (formerly the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund) - Legal Education Programs

For many decades, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has sponsored a number of well-regarded legal education programs that provide general information about the law school application process, low cost LSAT preparation, and summer pipeline programs for students about to enter law school.

Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) @LSACForums

2017 LSAC Law School Forums
Friday, October 20, 2017, 1:00 pm–6:00 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019
To register and for more information, please visit: https://www.lsac.org/lawschoolforums

New York Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY LEO) sponsored by the New York State Unified Court System

The New York Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY LEO) is designed to ensure a diverse legal community by promoting academic success in law school for individuals historically under-represented in the legal profession.  Through an intense six-week program held the summer before a student enters law school, the NY LEO Program assists students of color, low-income and economically or educationally disadvantaged college graduates in acquiring the fundamental and practical skills necessary to succeed in law school.  The program is available to candidates who will attend law school in New York. 

Discoverlaw.org: Commitment to Diversity in the Legal Profession, an initiative of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)

Florida State University College of Law,
Donald J. Weidner Summer Program for Undergraduates

This program brings to campus undergraduate students from throughout the country for a month-long immersion into legal study.

TRIALS - (Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools), a partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation.

Trials is a residential scholarship program that helps talented and motivated college students of modest means gain admission to the nation’s leading law schools.

Third Annual Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference 2017

Thirteenth Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference 2017

Third Annual National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference 2017

Diverse Bar Associations throughout New York State

Bar Association Website Contact Information
Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association http://www.amistadblackbar.org

J. Stewart Moore, Esq. - President
AveMaria Thompson, Esq. - President-Elect
amistadblackbar@gmail.com

Arab American Bar Association http://www.arabamericanbar.org

Yasmin Dwedar, Esq.- President
ydwedar@arabamericanbar.org
Erin Herro, Esq. - Vice President
eherro@arabamericanbar.org
Amanie Akarah, Esq. - Secretary
aakarah@arabamericanbar.org
Rezwan Islam, Esq. - Treasurer
rislam@arabamericanbar.org

Arab American Bar Association
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn - (347) 927-6326

Asian American Bar Association of New York http://www.aabany.org

Dwight Yoo - President
dwight.yoo@aabany.org

Yang Chen, Executive Director
yang.chen@aabany.org

Association of Black Women Attorneys https://abwanewyork.org

Kaylin L. Whittingham, President
Association of Black Women Attorneys
1001 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10018

Info@abwanewyork.org

Black Bar Association of Bronx County http://www.networkofbarleaders.org/black-bar-association-of-bronx-county

Naita Semaj, President
NSemaj@courts.state.ny.us

Black Bar Association of Bronx County
PO Box 1109, Bronx, New York 10451
blackbarassociationbx@gmail.com

Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association http://cdbhba.org

Patricia L. R. Rodriguez , Esq.
CDBHBA
P.O. Box 5252
Albany, New York 12205

Dominican Bar Association http://www.dominicanbarassociation.org

President-Elect Miguelina Camilo
mcamiloesq@gmail.com

The Dominican Bar Association
Canal Street Station, P.O. Box 203
New York, NY 10013
dominicanbarassoc@gmail.com

Hispanic National Bar Association - New York, Region II http://hnba.com

Alba Cruz-Hacker, COO & Executive Director

Hispanic National Bar Association
1020 19th Street NW, Suite 505
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 223-4777

Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York http://www.kalagny.org

Bridgette Y. Ahn, KALAGNY President
kalagny@gmail.com
(646) 979-9116

KALAGNY
P.O. Box 2152
New York, New York 10163-2152

Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County https://latinolawyers.org

Catalina Cruz, Esq., President
Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, Inc.
Forest Hills Station
P.O.Box 751235
Forest Hills, New York 11375
info@latinolawyers.org

LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York http://le-gal.org

Matthew Skinner has been the executive director of LeGaL - The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York

The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
@ The Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th Street, Suite 325-20
New York, New York 10001
(212) 353-9118

info@le-gal.org

Long Island Hispanic Bar Association http://www.lihba.org

Frank Torres, President
Long Island Hispanic Bar Association
P.O. Box 577
Central Islip, NY 11722

1-877-SI-LIHBA (745-4422)

Metropolitan Black Bar Association https://www.mbbanyc.org

Paula Edgar, President
president@mbbanyc.org

Metropolitan Black Bar Association
275 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10016

(212) 964-1645
info@mbbanyc.org

Minority Bar Association of Western New York https://mbawny.org/

Minority Bar Association of Western New York
Niagara Square, PO Box 211
Buffalo, New York 14201

Stephane Saunders
saunderslaw@hotmail.com

@MBAWNY

Minority Corporate Counsel Association http://www.mcca.com

Jean Lee, President & CEO
(202) 739-5912
sherla.allen@mcca.com

Minority Corporate Counsel Association
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 739-5901

Muslim Bar Association of New York https://mubany.wildapricot.org

Saira Hussain, President

Muslim Bar Association of New York
P.O. Box 2244, New York, NY 10185

mubanyinfo@gmail.com

National Bar Association, Region II http://www.nationalbar.org

NBA Region II - Connecticut, New York & Vermont
Maria C. John, Regional Director
mjohn@traynergroup.com

Keith Andrew Perry, National Executive Director
ED@nationalbar.org

National Bar Association
1225 11th St., NW Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 842-3900
Fax: (202) 315-3051
communications@nationalbar.org
president@nationalbar.org

National Black Prosecutors, Region 7 http://blackprosecutors.org

William Jorden, President
Office: (225) 389-3400
William.Jorden@ebrda.org

The National Black Prosecutors Association
1507 East 53rd Street, Suite 108
Chicago, Illinois 60615

Nigerian Lawyers Association, Inc. http://nigerianlawyers.org

Nexus U. Sea, President

Nigerian Lawyers Association
305 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, New York 10007.
secretary@nigerianlawyers.org

The Puerto Rican Bar Association http://prbany.com

Carmen A. Pacheco, Esq., President
president@prbany.com

Puerto Rican Bar Association
c/o Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC
Attorneys at Law
340 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Rochester Black Bar Association https://www.rbbalaw.org

Duwaine Bascoe, President

Rochester Black Bar Association
P.O. Box 14569
Rochester, NY 14614
rbbalaw@gmail.com
(585) 502-8736

South Asian Bar Association of New York http://www.sabany.org

Mahesh Parlikad, President
Amol Sinha, President-Elect

president-elect@sabany.org

Westchester Black Bar Association http://www.wbbany.org

Sophia Trott, Esq., President
president@wbbany.org

Westchester Black Bar Association, Inc
333 Mamaroneck Avenue PMB 219
White Plains, New York 10605
info@wbbany.org

Justin GiordanoJustin A. Giordano, Esq.

Mentor Justin Giordano has been a full-time member of the Empire State College faculty since September 1992. He holds an M.B.A. in finance and a Juris Doctor degree. He is licensed to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.

As a member of the Empire State College faculty, Justin Giordano teaches/mentors in the area of Business, Management and Economics. In addition to teaching a full spectrum of business-related studies, he also specializes in business law and the legal environment, entertainment law, international legal transactions, constitutional law, and a number of other law related studies. He has also taught entertainment law and international law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA.

Justin Giordano's office is located in New York City at the Metropolitan Center of Empire State College, 325 Hudson Street, Fifth Floor, NY, NY 10014. He can be reached via telephone at 212-647-7800, by email at Justin.Giordano@esc.edu, or, of course, by visiting him at his office in Manhattan (appointments preferred).